Why 2 sets? Why would I buy more then one paper?
The answer - there are 5 sets of coupon inserts this week, there are a TON of coupons for everything from Green Giant Steamer Veggies to Dishwasher Detergent. If you ever want to see just what coupons are included each week (before the paper comes out) check out Taylortown Preview the values of actual coupons, and the exact coupons do vary from paper to paper and in different areas, but you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Ok, now I've got my papers, and my coupons, where do I start?
Clip the coupons! And organize them into what makes sense for you, like types of coupons together like soup, cereal, veggies, etc. And then put them in an envelope or a zip lock bag AND put them in your purse /wallet. (These clipped coupons do you no good if they are laying at home while you are at the grocery store.)
Ok, next get out your ACME ad, take a look at the back page. It reads spend $30 on the great offers and get $15 in coupons for your next order (OYNO). But here is the thing with ACME when it is a OYNO deal (not an instant savings deal) is that the register bases the $30 purchase amount on the shelf price - not the sale price (this however doesn't apply to pharmacy, health and beauty items such as Prilosec, Nyquil, Always, those items will be based on the sale price).
"Diane, YOU ARE CRAZY - I Am Confused!"
It's OK - Take a deep breath, I went to the store today with the intention of doing the simplest order I could with just the coupons from this week and one internet printed coupon.
So go to COUPONS.COM and print out one coupon for Bisquick, mine printed for $1, some are printing for $.75, but it is still a good deal either way.
Now go to ACME. This is what you are shopping for:
3 boxes Honey Nut Cheerios Regular Price $3.49, Sale Price $2, Coupon $1 on 3
1 box Bisquick Regular Price $4.29, Sale Price $2.50, Printed Coupon $1 (or $.75)
4 boxes Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Regular Price $2.50, Sale Price $2, 2 Coupons $.50 on 2 (which will double)
2 boxes Fiber One Cereal Bars Regular Price $3.50, Sale Price $2, 2 Coupons $.50 on 1 (which will double)
The regular price total of this order : $31.76
Price you pay after sales and coupons $14.50 (or $14.75) and the catalina machine (awesome coupon machine at the register) will print out 3 $5 coupons totaling $15.00 - you are AHEAD! and walking out the door with groceries.
Apply those 3 $5 coupons to your next order (we call this 'rolling') For my next order I did 2 bottles of Tide (I LOVE Tide in my HE washing machine)
Order looks like this:
2 bottles Tide, Regular Price $15.49, Sale Price $10.99, less 2 $1 coupons (previous weeks inserts), less the $15 coupons from my first order, out of pocket $5.28, AND I got another $15 worth of coupons!
Don't be afraid to take paper and a pencil, and even a small calculator to the store with you.
I want to hear how you do!
Ready for more possibilities? Want to know how to apply this type of deal to a store near you? Check out Couponers Wanted!